Thursday, September 30, 2010

What Happened at Mormon Matters?

Well, I just discovered I'm no longer a permablogger there (I was trying to log on for my usual Thursday post).  Guess that means I'm going with Hawk wherever the rest have flown to.

Links that kind of explain what happened while I was busy with personal problems, work (federal court in Tyler) and a cut cable internet connection ...
Ok, that last post had nothing to do with Mormon Matters, but was pretty funny.

Honestly, I think a lot of the reporting seems to miss a lot.  Most of what I read in the e-mails I finally caught up on was very positive about John.  If people are praising him behind his back, well, anyway, that is what I've found on-line about it all.

On the other hand, is something John has been looking at doing for 8-12 months.  I would believe that it fits his needs and ideas more than the way the blog was currently going and that everyone moved on in ways that fit them, or did not.

Wish John well. Though I felt, for a while, that I had failed everyone by not being available and not doing something to facilitate matters better.  Which is why I originally was going to post this as "What happened at Mormon Matters was my fault."  But now it looks like everyone is happy, everything resolved in ways that leaves people content.  I can't claim credit for that, so I guess I can't claim fault.

I'd appreciate suggestions, advice and comments.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Is this site accurate?

124 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,441 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000. (View Sources & More Information)
Just made me think.  I'd appreciate feedback if anyone has it.  It is the sort of thing I'd expect to see talked about at and have not.  Of course I've been pretty busy these days.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

On immigration issues

I don't know the answers, though I know the issues are multifaceted and that there is a great deal of human suffering.  I also know that sometimes the side-effects are unthought of (e.g. Mexico has less pressure for internal change because the United States provides some relief -- enough to make a difference, I'm not sure).

I've a post on the topic at

Of all things, I'm curious in what solutions people are proposing these days.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tornado at work

This is a picture of where my wife works and the tornado that hit yesterday. I'm so glad it did not get any closer.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Worst things heard at church ... Primary edition

I still remember a meeting where the speaker said "I was never part of your organization and knew nothing about it until I was called to be in charge of it, now I appreciate how important it is" followed up by a couple tone deaf comments about the organization.  She quite successfully got the point across that (a) serving in the organization was insignificant insofar as any leadership position in it mattered and (b) understanding the organization was not necessary either.

The only worse thing that happened was when one of the women complained about it, an elders quorum president said "You can ignore her, she is a woman and doesn't have the priesthood and so doesn't have any authority at all."

What is the worst thing you've ever heard anyone say?

Thursday, September 09, 2010

My father died a year ago

Just finished up the one year anniversary of his death.  Now I can go to sleep.